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College of Human Environmental Sciences

Ways to Give

Gifts of cash are the easiest way to support the School of Social Work (SSW). Your cash gift is tax deductible as a charitable contribution up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income with a carryover of any unused deduction for up to five years.

  • Make a gift online by visiting our online giving site
  • Call us toll-free at 1-877-GIFT2MU with your credit card information
  • Mail in a pledge form and include your credit card information. You may download a pledge form and mail it to:

    Mizzou Annual Fund
    401 Reynolds Alumni and Visitors Center
    University of Missouri
    Columbia, MO 65211

You may be able to multiply your gift to the SSW if your company offers a giftmatching program. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. The University will verify the contributions with your employer who, in turn, will send the matching gifts directly to the University.

Gifts of securities may include stocks and bonds. Contact the University for transfer instructions. Tangible personal property and intangible property such as patents, copyrights, websites and royalties may be given under certain conditions with the University’s approval.

A charitable bequest provides future support to SSW without affecting your present financial standing. A properly worded estate document will help ensure that your gift is used as you intend. Suggested language for making an estate gift to SSW is available upon request.

Life income plans allow you to both give and receive. Charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts or pooled income funds enable you to provide significant future support to SSW and still receive income for life. In most cases, a charitable income tax deduction, reduced capital gains taxes and reduced exposure to estate tax liability are possible.

Life insurance can be an affordable and flexible way to make a significant gift. Donating a life insurance policy in which the University is made owner and beneficiary may provide a charitable income tax deduction for the current value of the policy and for future premium payments.

A charitable lead trust is one of the most powerful gift planning techniques available today. Assets are irrevocably transferred to a trust that makes payments to SSW for a number of years. Then, the principal is distributed back to the grantor. If established through an estate plan, there are gift and estate tax advantages to the donor’s estate, and heirs receive the remainder.

The School can accept gifts of real estate in certain circumstances with the approval of the University. Special care is required because of the potential risks associated with real estate.

Named Gift Guidelines

Establishing a named gift to support students, programs, facilities, or faculty creates a legacy on campus while affirming the impact of a Mizzou education. MU offers various named gift opportunities, with minimum amounts described as follows. Naming opportunities are approved in accordance with University policy.

Endowed Named Scholarships
Endowed Named Scholarship $25,000 minimum
Flagship Scholarship $300,000 - $1.2 million
Endowed Positions
Faculty Scholar $100,000 - $250,000
Graduate Fellowship $500,000
Visiting Professorship $100,000 - $250,000
Professorship $1 million
Chair $1.5 million - 2.5 million
Dean $5 million
Other Endowed Funds
Minimum Endowment $25,000
Fund for Excellence $50,000
Research Fund $100,000
Lecture Series:
Department Lecture Series $25,000
School or College Lecture Series $100,000
Campus Lecture Series $1 million
Department/Academic Unit $5 million $25 million
Center/Institute $5 million - $25 million
School or College $30 million - $100 million
Facilities and Spaces
Buildings (New Construction) Minimum of 25-50% of the construction cost
Buildings (Existing) Minimum of 25-50% of the construction cost for renovation/replacement
Other spaces (Interior & Exterior) University discretion based on factors such as size, location, usage
Endowed Athletics Positions
Assistant Coaches $1 million
Other Head Coaches $2 million
Head Men’s Basketball Coach $5 million
Head Football Coach $5 million

Information above is presented in summary form. All donors should consult with their attorneys or financial advisers for tax and legal advice.

Major gifts may be made by contacting the Office of Gift Planning and Endowments at 1-800-970-9977 or (573) 882-0272, or by e-mail at A representative will assist you with your contribution.

Donor Recognition

Donors who would like to be recognized for major and planned gifts may select membership in the Social Justice Society, the Vanguard Society, the Jefferson Club or the Legacy Society.

The Social Justice Society recognizes benefactors who have committed their gifts or pledges to the School of Social Work.

The Vanguard Society recognizes benefactors who have committed their gifts or pledges to the College of Human Environmental Sciences and the School of Social Work.

The Jefferson Club, the University-wide donor recognition society, was created in honor of Thomas Jefferson, whose principles of higher education were used to establish the University of Missouri as the first state university located in the Louisiana Purchase territory.

The Legacy Society honors donors who have provided gifts to the University through a variety of estate-planning methods, such as bequests in a will or trust, charitable remainder trusts, pooled income funds or gifts of life insurance.